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Waste Management (WM): An Excellent Moat and 13 Years of Consecutive Dividend Increases

Waste Management (WM) is not widely known by dividend investors, but its moat and consistency are remarkable.   As the largest integrated waste management company in the country, WM possesses several key advantages that have enabled it to increase its dividend for 13 consecutive years.   While WM’s operating history isn’t as long as some [...]

December 31st, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Safety, Retirement Income|

Lowe’s (LOW): 50+ Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth

Lowe’s (LOW) has paid a dividend each quarter since going public in 1961. Even more impressive, the company has raised its dividend for 53 consecutive years – a feat achieved by fewer than 15 companies.   Not surprisingly, LOW has a handful of competitive advantages that have enabled it to enjoy meaningful growth. While the [...]

Aflac (AFL): A Dividend Aristocrat Trading For Less Than 10x Earnings

Aflac (AFL) is a well-known insurance company that has proven to be a very reliable dividend payer over the years. The company has increased its dividend for 33 consecutive years and has plenty of room for continued dividend growth.   The insurance business has many attractive characteristics, but AFL’s high exposure to Japan has served [...]

December 29th, 2015|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

Consolidated Edison (ED): Safe Retirement Income With a 4% Dividend Yield

Utility companies are far from exciting businesses, but their dependable cash flow, defensive characteristics, and typically reliable dividend payments can make them compelling stocks for investors living off dividends in retirement.   Consolidated Edison (ED) possesses many characteristics that make it appealing to conservative dividend investors. The company has served the New York marketplace for [...]

Praxair (PX): Strong Moat, 20+ Years of Dividend Growth, But Macro Headwinds Persist

Praxair (PX) has increased its dividend for 22 consecutive years and offers one of the highest quality cash flow streams an investor can find. With the stock down over 20% in 2015 and offering a 2.8% yield, it might be time for investors to consider taking a nibble in this blue chip dividend growth stock.   [...]

December 18th, 2015|Dividend Stocks|

United Technologies (UTX): 10%+ Annual Total Return Potential…If Management Can Execute

United Technologies (UTX) is a diversified industrial business with a strong presence in the aerospace and building systems markets. While this blue chip dividend stock has numerous well-known brands and entrenched market positions dating back more than 80 years, it seems to have lost its way a bit in recent years.   Like many other [...]

December 16th, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Growth, High Safety|

Medtronic (MDT): Double-Digit Dividend Growth for this Dividend Aristocrat

Medtronic (MDT) hiked its dividend by 25% earlier this year and has now increased its dividend for nearly 40 consecutive years. While MDT’s 2.0% dividend yield isn’t enough for investors living off dividends in retirement, the stock’s double-digit annual total return potential is attractive in today’s market environment, and we expect continued double-digit dividend growth [...]

December 15th, 2015|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Dividend Growth: What Should You Expect in 2016?

The tallest tree in the world towers over the Earth at nearly 370 feet in height. The tree is part of Redwood National Park in California and is estimated to be 700 to 800 years old. If you are aware of any dividend stocks with an equally impressive growth streak, please let us know :-)   At [...]

December 12th, 2015|Dividend Investing, Investing Principles|

Illinois Tool Works (ITW): A Dividend Aristocrat With Double-Digit Dividend Growth

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) is one of the strongest, most diversified industrial conglomerates a dividend growth investor can find. While the stock only yields 2.4% today, the company raised its dividend by 13% last quarter and continued double-digit dividend growth isn’t out of the question.   ITW possesses many of the characteristics we look for [...]

Abbott Laboratories (ABT): A High Quality Dividend Aristocrat With Strong Dividend Growth Potential

Abbott (ABT) is a dividend aristocrat with excellent long-term growth potential. The company maintains a diversified mix of healthcare products that are sold around the world. Many of these products are recession-resistant and will enjoy more demand as consumer wealth increases in emerging markets, where ABT generates about half of its total sales.   The [...]

Target (TGT): A Dividend Aristocrat Yielding 3% With 20% Dividend Growth

It’s not too often that you find a dividend aristocrat with a 3% dividend yield and 20% annual dividend growth over the past decade.   Target (TGT) just so happens to be one of these stocks. The company has been in business for more than 100 years and will likely be around for the next [...]

Colgate (CL): 120 Years of Uninterrupted Dividends

Colgate (CL) has been one of the most successful dividend growth stocks over the last few decades and is one we are watching closely for our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.   Like many other consumer staples businesses, CL benefits from strong brands, dominant market share positions, and financial strength to invest heavily in new [...]

December 7th, 2015|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

10 Dividend Aristocrats With Dividend Yields Greater Than 3%

Dividend aristocrats are companies in the S&P 500 Index that have managed to raise their dividend payments for at least the last 25 consecutive years. We identified 10 of these high quality companies that offer investors a starting dividend yield of 3%. Some have paid dividends for more than 100 years!   Not surprisingly, dividend [...]

December 3rd, 2015|Dividend Aristocrats, High Safety|

General Mills (GIS): A High Quality Dividend Stock Changing With the Times

The branded food manufacturing industry is experiencing meaningful change as consumers’ health consciousness and eating habits evolve, impacting all of the major players including General Mills (GIS).   Several of GIS’s major product categories, such as cereal, have seen growth decline in recent years, weighing on the stock’s performance. Like many of its peers, GIS [...]

December 2nd, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|